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Europe pushes the United States to not leave Paris Agreement

The French Foreign Minister has indicated that the departure of the United States from the Paris Agreement would prevent the signing of trade agreements between the two blocs. This measure would also apply to the 23 countries that have not yet ratified climate treaty commitments, including Russia.

By José Díaz

Servindi, February 12nd, 2018.- One of the most worrying issues in environmental matters at the global level continues to be the presence of the United States within the countries attached to the Paris Agreement. This has been understood by the European Union, which in recent days has issued a warning to the United States, saying that its exit from the environmental commitment could obstruct commercial business between the two blocs.

This was announced by the French Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, who added that not only must the Paris Agreement be signed but also the ratification of its objectives, which implies the implementation of public policies to achieve the goals of reducing emissions and global warming.

If there is no Paris Agreement, there is no commercial agreement. The United States knows what to expect, Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne said.

"One of our main demands is that any country that signs a trade agreement with the European Union implements the Paris Agreement. If there is no Paris Agreement, there is no commercial agreement. The United States knows what to expect”, Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne said.

It should be noted that not only the United States has not ratified the commitments of the Paris Agreement, but despite having signed the pact there are 23 other countries that have not yet implemented it in their internal policies. Among these nations, Russia stands out, whose commercial relations with Europe would also be in danger.

Transatlantic tension

This clarification on the part of the French minister emerge as a reaction in front of the interest of the Secretary of Commerce of the United States, Wilbur Ross, in the signing of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Association (TTIP) with the European Union.

After US President Donald Trump announced the decision to withdraw his country from the list of signatories in the Paris Agreement, the influence and credibility of the United States in other regions of the world have lost despite the image of fickleness projected by the White House.

"Business leaders and diplomatic experts warned the Trump administration that undermining the Paris Agreement would result in a loss of credibility and influence", Sierra Club director of climate policy John Coequyt said last week.

For the moment uncertainty is posed. A year after announcing the departure of the United States from the Paris Agreement, Donald Trump declared that the return of his country to such a treaty is possible provided that the terms and goals are renegotiated.

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